• Fake News and Social Media: Indian Perspective

    Author(s):
    AASITA BALI PRATHIK DESAI
    Editor(s):
    Jyotirmaya Patnaik (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    Communication Studies, Digital Humanists, Electronic Literature, Information Ecosystems
    Subject(s):
    Social media, Forgery, Mass media, History, India, Digital media
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Facebook, fake news, media law, policy, Fakes/forgeries, Media history
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/c9b5-ws36
    Abstract:
    The unlimited freedom made social media platforms are susceptible to misuse, misinformation, and thus, fake news. In the last few years, social media has turned out to be a massive player in shaping public discourse in a democratic space (Marda & Milan, 2018). Though there have been pressures from policymakers on service/platform providers, nothing concrete has built up towards accountability of the user or platform proprietors. In India, there has been a consistent increase of social media users and instances of the misuse of this medium. This paper seeks to examine how the propagation of fake news has disrupted the public sphere and possible policies that can be implemented to curb the plague of fake news. The relationship between various events of violence reported in India media and the role of fake news in instigating chaos are discussed in this paper. It also tries to review policies initiatives taken by various countries, especially in Europe and possible measures which India could take to restrict the flow of fake news.
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    Published
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